0114_Old Neighbors, Old Markings

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As I began to explain last week, my local quarry has, at least for me, two significant parts to it – the bulk of it is shale that breaks down rather easily (Rarely a fossil here, but great for the colors I’ve been shooting lately). Above that is a ledge of different stone that contains the fossils I find.

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Today I have images from each section – starting with some brachiopods found in the ledge and capstone. The first few I find to be rather gnarly. They seem to have a strong look of the primordial while the last two seem to have a bit more grace about them.

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All are from the same time period – roughly 385 to 387 million years ago. All are brachiopods – in part or whole.

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It is estimated that there were more than 12,000 recognized types, a small number of which still exist today.

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Amazing since the earliest brachiopods first appeared over 500 million years ago.

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And now, from the other section, here are more images of the riot of color produced by the chemical weathering of the shale.

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Thanks for the visit.

I’ll leave you with an image of Christmas 2015 in Catskill NY.

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